2019 Memphis Chicken & Beer Fest: What More Could You Want?

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 30th 2019 2340 0

We already have barbecue, hot wing, crawfish, and jalapeño popper festivals in Memphis (to name a few). Now, prepare yourselves for another one: the Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival, benefitting the Dorothy Day House.

The Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival combines the city’s #2 and #3 favorite things (I think BBQ is #1, I’m not sure if chicken or beer comes next…) They’re back for the second year in a row at the Liberty Bowl this Saturday, August 3rd.

This one is different than many of the Memphis festivals we’re used to. There’s not a competition component, no cooking teams, and no private tents to try to weasel your way into.

Photo via Chicken & Beer Festival

Here are the details:

When: Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Liberty Bowl Stadium

Who: 21+ only.

What: Beer, food, live music, and games.

How it works: This is not one of those “you have to know someone on a cooking team” events. Your $48.33* ticket gets you a) entry, b) a souvenir glass, c) all your beverage samples, d) includes donation to the excellently awesome Dorothy Day House. You buy your food separately.

*Online tickets are $40, plus an $8.33 taxes + fees charge. There is a designated driver ticket, too.

The Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival has 13 mostly local restaurants signed up to sell food, presumably with a focus on chicken. They should have some $2-$3 samples. You can see that list here.

Hattie B’s is one of the chicken vendors.


Southern Hands is another one of the local chicken vendors.

As for the alcohol, there are a ton of beer and seltzer vendors, mostly of the national variety. Not super into the double-triple-super-stout-aged-in-a-wizards-barrel-for-47-years beers? They really do have a lot in the way of hard seltzers and ciders and such at this event, and they do have local and regional breweries repp’ed as well, i.e., Lazy Magnolia, Meddlesome, Southern Prohibition, plus liquor. So there’s something for almost everyone. Vendor list here.

This year, they’ve moved the event later into the evening, which means cooler temperatures. As for my pro tips, I’d say to get there before gates open as it can take a moment to get checked into with IDs and wristbands. Best of all, it’s for a very important local cause: the Dorothy Day House.

About the non-profit: Dorothy Day House is a Memphis-based non-profit that keeps families experiencing homelessness together. Usually, homeless shelters have to separate families by gender or age, but Dorothy Day is a safe haven to keep parents and kids together. That’s unique in the city. Read more here.

Go There:

Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival 2019
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

August 3, 2019
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
$40 + fees for general admission
21 and up only


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